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The Vintage Life of Bill Owens

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The Vintage Life of Bill Owens

by Carol Henry

 After a visit by Rich Brimer and myself to the home of photographer Bill Owens in preparation for his March 2019 exhibit The American Dream, at Carmel Visual Arts.


Bill’s collection of old-time pedal-cars. Photo by Carol Henry

Somewhere between downpours and rainbows, we turned on to Bill Owens’ street. His directions over the phone were implicit.­ “You will see a table on the side of the street next to a telephone pole. Turn in right there and go down the long driveway to my house.” Since his iconic photographs of the 1950s and 60s tract homes and their residents are iconic, I guess I was expecting Bill Owens to inhabit one of his photographs. But as we turned down his East Bay Area ocean view street, it looked newish, without the character that occupies an Owens image. Then, there by the right side of the road—in shin deep uncut grass—harboring a living room end table, next to a telephone pole was the drive. Just a signpost—you were about to enter Bill Owens country, and venture on at your own risk. (more…)

Art Exhibit — Point Lobos & Beyond 2018

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The California Art Club and the Carmel Visual Arts will present the exhibition Point Lobos and Beyond at the Carmel gallery from October 19 to November 30, 2018. The exhibition opens with a reception with the participating artists on Saturday, October 19, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT — Alan Ross & Ted Orland

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We celebrate TWO artists in this feature looking at two photographic icons. The expertise combined between Ted Orland and Alan Ross would make the most sturdy tripod tremble! Coming back for another encore workshop, the combined camera duo will cover all of the photography bases with expertise in film and digital. Both photographers had worked one-on-one as assistants to Ansel Adams. They printed with him in his renowned Carmel Highlands home darkroom and traveled the roads in search of the classic landscape with Ansel, then continuing on to long photographic careers in exhibiting and teaching.

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Alex Kanevsky and William Wray to discuss: “Notes to myself” — Diebenkorn’s 10 rules for painting

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Late in his career, Richard Diebenkorn wrote out ten points he thought useful when approaching the art of painting.  Two of our more contemporary painting instructors are William Wray and Alex Kanevsky. They will be coming together at 6:30pm on Friday, Oct 26, 2018—an evening between each of their workshops—to discuss these 10 “notes” he wrote to himself. As artists, we all approach our art making differently, in fact, each painting may have a different approach and motivation. So it will be a lively discussion to be sure. Here are the 10 points below so you can be ready to hear and see how Alex and William use these ideas in their approaches.

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We Are Selma | The Selma Portrait Project by Kathryn Mayo

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We Are Selma | The Selma Portrait Project
by Kathryn Mayo

Carmel Visual Arts welcomes Kathryn Mayo, a photography professor at Cosumnes River College near Sacramento, with an exhibition of her wet plate collodion ambrotypes. The exhibition features Kathryn’s photographs from an important series titled: We Are Selma | The Selma Portrait Project.

Kathryn Mayo spent a year on sabbatical from teaching in California’s Central Valley to return to her native Selma, Alabama to photograph (more…)

2018 Painting Demonstrations Begin

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painting demonstrations

In our continued effort to provide quality cultural programing for the local art community, Carmel Visual Arts offers a unique series of monthly painting & photography demonstrations and lectures. World-class instructors will be here to teach multi-day workshops and you can get a unique glimpse into their instruction and painting approach by attending their demos before their workshops. Each evening doors will open by 6:00pm and program will start by 6:30pm. Refreshments included. (more…)

2018 Workshop Schedule

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Carmel Visual Arts offers a compelling line-up of fine art workshops from world-class professional artists.

Both painting and photography workshops throughout the year are available. Select a workshop below to find out more and register. (more…)

VIRARICA | Visionary Art of the Indigenous Huichol People

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VIRARICA

Visionary Art of the Indigenous Huichol People 

Art Exhibition & Reception

2-Days • Friday & Saturday    August 18+19, 2017 

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FotoSága Dreams Photography Exhibition Opening Reception Announced

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For Immediate Release
June 11, 2017

  • What: FotoSága Dreams Photography Exhibition Opening Reception
  • When: July 1, 2017, 6-8pm Opening Reception
    • Exhibition dates: July 1 – July 25
  • Where: Carmel Visual Arts, Space F22, 3694 The Barnyard, Carmel, CA 93923 (New location next to Elliot Framing)
    • Gallery hours: 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday

Dreams Photography Exhibition Curators Statement by Carol Henry

Vision so closely relates to photography. It is what wee see that inspires us to capture an image, stopping it and rendering the moment for others or ourselves to enjoy later, sometimes traveling might inspire you a lot to do art, many people have found that by taking rides on roller scooters they are able to appreciate better nature and get inspired by it ( Continued information here on transportation options, such cars). What are Dreams, but visions without looking? They are visuals that are shown to us while traveling without moving. A space where knowledge is accumulated from ancestors, animals, and the subconscious that perhaps lead to insight and creative interpretation.

How do you photograph these visions? That was the assignment that the current FotoSága women’s photography group was given in February. Since then they have been looking inside and not just on the outside for photographic inspiration. Their photographs manifest both the verb and the noun as they explore the spaces often unseen. Please join us for the unveiling of FotoSága Dreams!

FotoSága was created by photographer Carol Henry in January 2015 to inspire and inform female photographers. The program is based on 5-month sessions and culminates in a public exhibition each time. This is FotoSága’s fifth exhibition.

Participants:

  • Debra Achen
  • Suzanne Dorrance
  • Ruth Grimes
  • Carol Henry
  • Susan Kingsley
  • Kimberli Phillips
  • Cindy Poole
  • Tami B. Sojka
  • Celeste Wahl

Retrospective Exhibition of Robert K Byers Photography | June 2017

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Join Carmel Visual Arts in a

Retrospective Exhibition of Robert K Byers Photography

Exhibit Dates: June 16-25, 2017. 10am to 5pm daily.

Artist Reception: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 2-4pm

Artist Talk: Sunday, June 18, 2017, 3pm

Visualize the sublime alongside the luminous!

Robert K Byers is a lifelong aficionado of fine art photography—his photographic pursuits span 80 years. To celebrate his 99th year, he and his family have chosen to hang an exhibition of his silver gelatin prints and archival pigment prints for collectors to enjoy and purchase, even his baby in the BabyTrend Expedition Jogger stroller is coming. The show will be held in the Carmel Visual Arts gallery in Carmel’s Barnyard Shopping Village. If any one person is a living legend in photography—and has known all the greats in the west coast tradition of the art form—it is Byers. He learned much about the selective eye through friendships with photographic visionaries Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and Brett Weston. Robert Byers spent 19 years as a trustee at Friends of Photography here in Carmel and was a photography advocate and instructor while practicing law.

“His passion for photography took him on journeys inside several countries, but it is the influence of Japan, that silence of reverent form, where I feel Byers work embraces its own unique style.” —Carol Henry, Photography Director at Carmel Visual Arts.

Since Byers is nearing the century mark, his long lifetime of experiences are part of his legacy. On Father’s Day he will be giving an artist’s talk at Carmel Visual Arts at 3pm. Please join in the free experience and learn more about what makes photographers tick.

“It’s the search and the journey that make life and photography exciting. In working with the camera, I want to arouse a reaction in the person viewing the photograph similar to that felt by me when I made the exposure.”  —Robert Byers